But is it?
Staying silent would only work if you are angry, frustrated, annoyed, confused, or overwhelmed.
It is meant to calm you, and the situation you are in. Venting out might just cause more problems if you say something that you are not supposed to.
However, as the leader of an organisation, staying silent and not charting a path for those under your charge simply shows bad leadership skills.
Staying silent shows lack of adaptability and having little vision for the future. A bad leader is not one who makes wrong decisions; a bad is leader is one who makes NO decisions!
How long does he want to keep silent?
The Utusan group, owned by Umno, will be 80 years old next year. It is now a national institution.
Utusan Malaysia used to have a circulation of 350,000 copies a day back in the 1990s. That dropped to 144,438 in the first half of 2016. By the end of 2017, it was at 112,050.
Although it is not a party publication like Harakah or The Rocket, Utusan Malaysia is regarded as an Umno publication.
That. However, is not the case.
Since its inception in 1939 as Utusan Melayu, the newspaper became a medium for the people to voice out their opinion towards the British administration.
Since then it has been the sole voice fighting for and defending Malay and Bumiputera rights; just as Sin Chew Jit Poh has for the Chinese community.
With the change of government on May 10 2018, unlike other media group that had been seen as being pro-Barisan Nasional, only Utusan Malaysia remains consistent championing the Malay and Bumiputera rights and at the same time defending the Rulers Institution as well as the status of Islam and Bahasa Malaysia in the Federal Constitution.
The rest were quick to pander to the new government despite being fiercely critical just the day before.
Utusan is now facing with its most critical moment – having to decide on the fate of 800 of its 1,500-strong work force nationwide. It is so critical that it warranted two articles written by its Economic Editor, Johardy Ibrahim.
Whatever happened to delegation of duties? The Umno high council is supposed to be a body that manages and administers Umno’s affairs collectively. This is not a one-man show! Umno is not thinking!
With the end of the Barisan Nasional government, Umno’s most-prominent asset, the Putra World Trade Centre, will no longer see huge government-backed expositions taking place there.
I did not hear of any suggestion for divisions in the Klang Valley and Negeri Sembilan to be allowed to hold their annual meetings there. A simple vote to amend the Umno constitution would have made that possible.
Nor did I hear of any encouragement from the leadership for their children’s wedding reception be held at the PWTC. Would it not serve to benefit the venue rather than holding them at hotels owned by others? Invite those from other component and friendly parties such as the MIC and PAS to have theirs there too at friendly rates.
The worst is the silence over the fate of the Utusan. With encouragement in speeches, if 20 percent of the claimed 3 million Umno members were to buy a copy of Utusan Malaysia, the paper would stand to make about RM324 million per year; an amount that would have allowed it to be financially-sufficient.
Such encouragement, or even directive, would have been a far better gratitude shown to a very loyal strategic asset than a simple thank you from the Secretary-General of its veterans.
A simple direction for the paper to move would have helped it chart its course.
UMNO should realise that Utusan is its bridge to the masses. Utusan is still the favourite read for Malays from the rural and bottom poorer quartile. If UMNO loses its hold on Utusan, it will no longer have its reach into the Malay heartland.
But of course, to the leadership of Umno, silence is the source of great strength. Greater than losing 800 workers.
(This article was first published by The Mole)